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  • A little bit of HOPE is a good thing

    Good can come from bad.

    Imagine the conversations one day in the early 1980s when 13 local ministers learned that one couple was traveling from church to church throughout Lancaster County with the same sob story and receiving handouts.

    That’s where the idea of a central clearinghouse named Project HOPE sprang from.

    “They were getting rich off of it,” said the late Brown Wylie, in a February 1985 interview with The Lancaster News.   

  • Inmate charged with threatening life of prison employee at KCI

    An inmate already serving a lengthy term at Kershaw Correctional Institute was charged earlier this month with threatening the life of a prison employee. 

    Demario Marquis Clyburn, 30, of Leeville, was served March 1 with two arrest warrants for criminal conspiracy and threatening the life, person or family of a public employee, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    According to the arrest warrants, Clyburn threatened to inflict bodily harm on a woman who works at KCI on Oct. 4, 2012, 

  • Looking back

    Here is what was happening around the county about the time HOPE in Lancaster opened its doors in February 1983:

    – The price of leaded self-serve gasoline was 99.9 cents a gallon and unleaded self-serve gasoline was $1.09.9 cents a gallon.

    – Charles Bundy was named chairman of the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT), following a nomination by Gov. Richard Riley.

  • TLN staff brings home SCPA President’s Cup

    GREENVILLE – The editorial staff of The Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway came home from the S.C. Press Association winter meeting on Saturday, March 23, with a record-setting 28 awards for newspaper excellence.

    The Lancaster News competes with other papers in the Palmetto State that are published two to three times a week. The Lancaster News also received the President’s Award Cup in 2012 for its overall design, writing and photography as the highest scoring newspaper in that division.   

  • IL resident still upset over no-parking signs

    A skirmish over no-parking signs between a group of Indian Land residents and their homeowners association came back to Lancaster County Council earlier this month. 

    At the forefront of the debate, about whether an HOA can post no-parking signs along county roads and subsequently tow those cars, is Panhandle resident Erwin Feiner, who lives on Largo Lane in the Arlington neighborhood. 

    Feiner spoke during council’s March 11 meeting, a little more than a month after he first brought the problem to council’s attention. 

  • Heath Springs council talks about parks and rec slot

    HEATH SPRINGS – Discussion about recommending a parks and recreation board representative wound up being a moot point at the Tuesday, March 19, Heath Springs Town Council meeting.

    For the third straight month, council’s meeting agenda included an item regarding the county’s Joint Recreation Commission. For nearly two years, there had been an open slot on the 10-member commission since Ellenia Russell stepped down.

  • Judge denies self-defense motion

    The Lancaster man charged last year in the killing of a former professional baseball player had his motion for self defense dismissed this week.

    Derrick McIlwain, 38, appeared before Circuit Court Judge Brooks Goldsmith in General Sessions court on Thursday, March 21, to see if he could avoid prosecution on the grounds of the “Castle Doctrine.”

    That law justifies use of deadly force when a person feels his or her life is threatened.

    McIlwain is charged with murder for the Feb. 7, 2012, shooting death of Danny Clyburn Jr.

  • Judge grants bond to Gleason

    There will be no prom night. No college. Not even a first day of school.

    Wanda Chilson listed those events as signature moments her step-granddaughter will never experience. It’s hard for her to cope with the loss of a 5-year-old who was “full of sweetness and goodness.”

    That child – Soren Victoria Chilson – died March 5 as a result of what authorities say was head trauma.

  • Kershaw elects Connell to council

    KERSHAW – The second time was the charm for Jody Connell.

    The Kershaw resident bested his two opponents to win the District 3 seat in the town’s election Tuesday, March 19. That district runs north to south, covering key roads such as Richland, Stevens and Church streets.

    Connell received 38 (just over 53 percent) of the 71 votes cast Tuesday.

    Charles Stroud got 24 votes (34 percent) and  William “Bill” Walters II got nine (13 percent).

  • School board approves intent to award IL elementary school contract

    Lancaster County school board members tentatively approved acceptance of a bid for construction of Indian Land’s new elementary school during its Tuesday, March 19, meeting.

    The new school, which will be built on Harrisburg Road in Indian Land, is intended to serve students in the county’s densely populated northern tip.

    District officials hope to break ground on the new campus in mid-April for an August 2014 opening.